Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design

Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design

Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: March 24, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Cost: $440.00

Typeface design has a long tradition of its practitioners creating their own custom tools to aid the design process. The Python programming language is the modern-day equivalent of a punch cutter’s counterpunch. Using Python allows the designer to focus more on the design of a typeface by automating repetitive tasks. In this workshop, students will gain a basic understanding of how to program in Python and how to use those skills in Robofont. In the first part of the workshop, Python and basic programming concepts will be introduced with the use of Drawbot, a Python environment created to teach designers programming. After the core concepts are introduced, the workshop will move to exploring how to apply them as part of the typeface design process in Robofont. At the end, students will have the skills to create their own digital counterpunches.

Required materials:

  • Students will need a laptop with a copy of DrawBot and Robofont installed. No prior programming experience is assumed.

Meets Sat., Mar. 24 – Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is Feb. 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Students will need a laptop with a copy of DrawBot and Robofont installed. No prior programming experience is assumed.

Course Code: 127264

Instructor(s): Ben Kiel

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